Do You Understand What You Read?

children 2Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip: “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He came to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, “Go over and join this chariot.” So Philip ran to him and heard him reading Isaiah the prophet and asked, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he invited Philip to come up and sit with him. “Like a sheep he was led to the slaughter and like a lamb before its shearer is silent, so he opens not his mouth. In his humiliation justice was denied him. Who can describe his generation? For his life is taken away from the earth.”

And the eunuch said to Philip, “About whom, I ask you, does the prophet say this, about himself or about someone else?”  Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning with this Scripture he told him the good news about Jesus. And as they were going along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptized?” And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch saw him no more, and went on his way rejoicing. But Philip found himself at Azotus, and as he passed through he preached the gospel to all the towns until he came to Caesarea (Acts 8:20-40).

If you understand what you read and know about God’s only begotten Son, what are you doing about it? The Holy Spirit lead Philip to explain to the eunuch, the good news about Jesus so he could have no doubt who this prophet was. Is our teachers appointed by God to teach? Are they led by the Holy Spirit? Do you really understand who the teaching is about? Is what you are taught about Him accurate? When you can answer yes to these four questions, you will realise how good the news really is, like that eunuch, and you will do something about what you know.  There are many versions of the bible, and in many languages, so find the one you can understand, and study it so you too can experience the joy that comes in finding an accurate knowledge form God’s word and His Spirit to guide you through it. Jesus made this preparation and send us the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth. After you are taught by Him, you too will have every reason to be baptised in the name of the Father, His Son and of His Holy Spirit indeed. What a wonderful time it will be, when we all gather around with Jesus in that feast He is preparing for those who loves Him, and do what He says. God bless us all, as we wait patiently and in humility for His return.


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